Thursday, June 05, 2008

July Is National Park and Recreation Month

July Is National Park and Recreation Month
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ASHBURN, Va.-May 2008-Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association has designated the month of July as Park and Recreation Month. Recreation facilities and parks across the country annually use July to celebrate the kick-off of summer programming as well as a time to pull their communities together to volunteer, get involved in great outdoor physical activities and advocate for parks and recreation.

This year, NRPA has developed several resources for local agencies and park and recreation supporters to utilize in proclaiming Park and Recreation Month in their own communities. An official proclamation, letter and local release are currently available, and can be personalized by each community to encourage local leaders to proclaim July is Park and Recreation month in their own town—in their own way.

As we observe Park and Recreation Month, we recognize the vital contributions of employees and volunteers throughout the country and abroad who assist public parks and recreation facilities. These dedicated supporters keep public parks clean and safe for visitors, organize and coach youth sports teams, provide educational programming on health, nutrition, first aid and gardening, advocate for more open space and better trails, and fundraise for local improvements. They ensure that public parks and recreation facilities are safe and accessible places for all citizens to enjoy.

As part of a summer full of nationwide activities and community celebrations, help NRPA celebrate this month that highlights the hard work and dedication of public park and recreation supporters across the country, and the joy that comes from our places and spaces.

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The National Recreation and Park Association is a national membership organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 21,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

Headquartered in Ashburn, Va., NRPA works closely with local, state, and national recreation and park agencies, citizen groups and corporations to carry out its objectives. Priorities include advocating favorable legislation and public policy; continuing education for park and recreation professionals and citizens; providing professional certification, university accreditation, research and technical assistance; and increasing public awareness of the importance of parks and recreation. For more information, visit

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